Washington, D.C. — Today, two top aides to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned, including Albert Kelly, who ran the agency’s Superfund program, and Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, who served as head of Pruitt’s security team. In response, Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Today, two more of Scott Pruitt’s buddies submitted their resignations amid the various investigations into the continuous scandals of Pruitt’s EPA. That Albert Kelly, a personal friend of Pruitt, was chosen at all for a top position at the EPA—despite having no relevant experience and being banned from the banking industry for life—is downright offensive to the American public. However, it also makes clear that no matter how many of his friends leave the agency, Pruitt’s culture of corruption starts at the top. In addition to his boldfaced lies to Congress last week, Pruitt has shown that his top priority is to enrich himself and to benefit his corporate allies and lobbyist friends; the problems inside of Pruitt’s EPA will not be solved until he joins them back in Oklahoma.
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